It's time for Squanky Kong to rise, tour, and record...with your help! New Music, New Line-up, & More.
Squanky Kong is not just a rock band, it is a musical experience. The artistic vision of James M. House wherein he acts as a composer, producer, performer, and more. Highlighted by his virtuosic six-string bass playing and aggressive rock guitar, it is Hybrid Rock. A music exploring the boundaries while on a multimedia trip through the imagination.
Much work has been done to get Squanky Kong to this point. From years of online marketing and past music releases on the low-key indie side with no actual band to tour, to the recent work to find a fresh line-up including a new lead vocalist. Enough material to fill several albums is ready to be solidified in the studio, countless visions of video, multimedia performances galore.
Listen to these two samples (below) from a two-song private demo recently produced demonstrating material from the upcoming recordings.
1. Insurgo Repeto
2. Pressure Tank
These raw recordings feature only part of the band: the new vocalist, a drummer, with James M. House playing all guitar and bass. Now just imagine what it might sound like with the full 6-piece band envisioned for the fully formed Squanky Kong in a more polished package. A band that will change in arrangement. James M. House playing guitar or bass (depending on the songs), sometimes even switching momentarily during one. Another guitarist that will switch to bass opposite of JMH. There will be the vocalist, two drummers that also trade between guitar, and a keyboard player that also switches between other instruments. All combined with a visually enticing experience of lights and media.
The goal of this fundraiser is to provide the fuel needed to get the fire burning. The framework is there, the pieces are all together to bring the Squanky Kong live experience abroad. By building a touring band to engage growing markets in North and South America in addition to Europe. All while simultaneously producing new recorded music in the form of an EP or short album, new artwork, and new merchandise.
The fire is ready to rage! The fuel need to get it going...cash!
The working capital needed to get everything off the ground.
The first phase will be to assemble the band with the mostly preselected musicians in a lock-out rehearsal studio in October 2012. This includes the new lead vocalist and drummer heard in the demo samples here. Work will begin in preparing the live show as well as rehearsing for the studio simultaneously. The plan includes finances to cover the musicians and rehearsal studio. At this time the ground work for new artwork will also be started, artists commissioned, merchandise designs begin, etc.
The next phase will begin after a few months when select gigs will be chosen. The band will get a chance to try out the live show and further gel the performances. Then everything will promptly move to the studio to record. To streamline the costs, part of the work will be done in Los Angeles, California, while other parts will be done at the in-house Squank Studio located in Western Oregon. This time period will also involve 2013 tour scheduling, early marketing, producing merchandise, and other business activities.
The final phase will begin around April or May 2013 with the official promo release of the first song(s) from the new album. The new merchandise will become available to the public.The final steps will also be happening to prepare the full music release, which will likely be slated for July 2013.
Starting in June or July 2013 (depending on tour scheduling) Squanky Kong will light up the world with an exciting new musical experience that will only continue to grow. A future that brings a creative journey filled with amazing displays of virtuoso musicianship and engulfing multimedia experience, videos and movies that open the mind to bending new realms of the imagination, and interactive exploration that rides the wave of technological possibilities.
The final project goal will be completed when the band is ready to hit the road, with some new recorded music and merchandise behind it.
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